WOMEN'S MAKE-UP IN ANCIENT TIMES
Image of ancient Egyptian woman, taken from a wall painting
Egyptian fashion, though decried by the prophets, certainly influenced Israelite culture. Sophisticated women like Jezebel followed fashions in the Egyptian and Assyrian courts.
But painting one's face was more than a fashion statement for a queen/priestess like Jezebel. Ritual make-up denoted separation from the ordinary, and elevation to a higher state of being.
For a queen, it was a badge of office. She painted her face in a particular way to denote her rank, and her separation from the common people.
As a priestess, she applied ritual make-up as part of her preparation for worship. She used
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